Monday 18th May 2020
Coronavirus briefing update Number 19
We hope you have had a lovely weekend and once again would like thank-you for your continued support during this very difficult time of school closure.
As you have no doubt heard in the press in recent days, the government are encouraging schools to explore ways to allow more students to return to school. In anticipation of this, we discussed this issue with our Governors on Friday, giving consideration to how this could be done in a phased way with the health and safety of all students and staff as the primary concern.
We appreciate that any proposals for a return to school may divide opinion on how people are feeling, so please be reassured that you are under no pressure to return your son if you are not happy to do so. The Government have stated publicly that there will be no penalties for parents who do not wish their children to return to school this term. All students will be accessing their lessons online whether they are in school or at home.
Our current thoughts are to open with a phased return from June 1st, which is the Monday after the half term holiday. Our school risk assessment would enable a maximum of half the school population to be on site any one time. This means that we will be planning for the return of half the students in the first week and then the other half in the second week (8th -12th June). We do not intend to offer any weekend provision or Sunday returns at this point in time. As this is such a fast-moving situation nationally, we will be reviewing our plans each week and keep you fully informed of how we will be operating within the guidance from the DfE and NASS.
During the first two weeks, we will only be offering lessons and activities based on the school site.
As I am sure you will appreciate, we will need to make some modifications to the site in order to ensure it is as safe as possible for everyone here. We will be providing information on these changes later this week so that you can discuss them with your son and your keyworker.
In the first instance it would be very helpful for our planning if you could let us know if you wish your son to return to school after half term. This will help us to decide on the groups for week 1 and week 2 and how many students will be in school on a residential basis.
We appreciate that some of you may wish to know more about the school’s risk assessment before deciding on this and we will share this with you as soon as we can this week. However, if you are able to your intentions today that would be very helpful in aiding our planning and writing our risk assessments.
Hoping this is helpful and you are keeping healthy,
If you have further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (KS3), Asears@swalcliffepark.co.uk (KS4) and Lrobinson@swalcliffepark.co.uk (Sixth Form).
We would be grateful if you could let us know your plans by completing completed the form below, as soon as possible.
I would like my son to return to school after half term ☐
I would not like my son to return to school after half term ☐
I am undecided at this time ☐
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